Category Archives: Orientation

Welcome to the Libraries!

We all look forward to this time of year, when we welcome and introduce our university community to the extensive resources available in the Libraries. Here are some of our upcoming events and orientation sessions.

“Getting Your Bearings” for Graduate Students

The Libraries will be offering five “Getting Your Bearings” sessions to introduce graduate students to our collections, resources, and services.

The sessions begin with a 45 minute tour of key points and services in Butler Library, including an intro to our Rare Book & Manuscript library. The tours will begin in the lobby of Butler Library, just inside the main entrance.

The second half of the session, which will take place in Butler 306, will be devoted to an overview of the Libraries’ online information system and ways to get the most out of it, and would be of value to all graduate students.

If you don’t anticipate a great deal of book research in your work at Columbia, you may simply want to come directly to Butler 306 about 45 minutes after the beginning of the tour. (Note the alternate location for the Thursday afternoon session.)

Thursday, August 31 — 11:00-12:30
Thursday, August 31, 3:30 — 5:00 (NOTE: Part 2 meets in Butler Room 203)
Friday, September 1, 2:00 — 3:30
Tuesday, September 5, 11:00 — 12:30
Tuesday, September 5, 3:00 — 4:30

Welcome Week Table and Butler Library Tours

Please drop by our Welcome Week table in the lobby of Butler Library.
Tuesday, September 5- Friday, September 8, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Take a tour of Butler Library, led by our librarians. No reservation required; meet in the lobby of Butler Library.
Tuesday, September 5, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, September 6, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Friday, September 8, 11:00 am -12:00pm

We wish you a successful and enjoyable Fall Semester!

Getting Your Bearings: Library Orientation for New Graduate Students

If you're a graduate student, you may wish to attend one of our "Getting Your Bearings" orientations, designed to help you begin using the powerful information tools at your disposal and to point you to some of the most important library services and personnel at Butler Library and elsewhere on campus.  

The Libraries will be offering six "Getting Your Bearings" sessions to introduce graduate researchers to our collections and services.

The sessions begin with a 40 to 45 minute tour of key points and  services in Butler Library, including an intro to our Rare Book and
Manuscript library.  This is likely to be of most interest and  relevance to people working in the humanities, history, and social
sciences. The tours will begin at the Reference Desk in  Butler 301. 

Tuesday, August 27, 11:30-1:00
Wednesday, August 28, 11:30-1:00
Thursday, August 29, 3:00-4:30
Friday, August 30, 10:30-12:00
Tuesday, September 3, 4:00-5:30
Wednesday, September 4, 10:30-12:00

 The second half of the session,  which will take place in Butler  306, will be devoted to an overview of the Libraries' online information  system and ways to get the most out of it, and would be of value to all graduate students.  Participants who want to attend only the second half should feel free  come directly to Butler 306 about 40 to 45 minutes after the beginning  of tour.

 

First-Year Undergraduates win iPads, Gift Cards in Library Raffle!

Congratulations to the winners of the First-Year Undergraduate Orientation Raffle!

New undergraduate students who entered the Online Libraries Contest or attended the Butler Welcome Events during Orientation Week  were entered into a raffle to win prizes.

Our three lucky iPad winners are:

Angel Shin, Columbia College
Eberechi Cecilia Uche, Columbia College
Se Hwa Yoon, General Studies (photo below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our five $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card winners are:

Kuan-Lin Liu, School of Engineering and Applied Science
Zackery Bauman, General Studies
Dolly Nam, Columbia College
Ananda Gonzalez, Columbia College
Emma Cheng, Columbia College (photo below)

 

 

Thanks to everyone who participated in our orientation activities, especially the directors and staff of NSOP, and the Orientation Leaders who helped  with our events. We wish you all a  successful start to your Columbia education. Remember to Ask Us for help with your research or with any other library questions.

Anice Mills
Undergraduate Services Librarian
amills@columbia.edu

Welcome New CC, SEAS and GS Undergraduates in the Class of 2016!

Columbia University Libraries welcomes undergraduates in Columbia College, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and General Studies!

As part of our welcome, you have three chances to win an iPad! Enter our Online Library Contest, http://bit.ly/LibrariesContest2012. Attend our Butler Library Welcome Events on Wed. 8/29 from 10-11am and on Fri. 8/31 from 11am-12noon.

Meet the library experts who can make your life at Columbia easier! We will take the mystery out of using our vast collections of books and online resources. Enjoy some refreshments while you download our library mobile app, learn how to get help with your research, and find out how to check out books, films and graphic novels.

We hope to see you there! (Contest entries must be received by midnight Friday 8/31/12) . Please visit our Undergraduate Services and Engineering Personal Librarian web pages.


Welcome Summer Session Students!

Welcome to Butler Library! While you are here this summer take advantage of our free library workshops to help you get oriented to our collections and services.

Not sure where to start? For an introduction to library research try our course,
Getting the Most Out of the Libraries this Summer. Click on the course title to see course details and to register for this event.

Click to see our full offering of library classes and instructional workshops.

Librarians also provide face-to-face research assistance at the Butler Reference Desk in 301 Butler and at the Digital Humanities Center in 305 Butler. Refer to the  Butler Reference Hours.

You can also reach us via chat, text, email or phone. When in doubt, Ask a Librarian. We're happy to work with you.

Getting the Most Out of LibraryWeb

 LibraryWebBehind the simple facade of the libraries main page lies a wealth of information and assistance.  From locating materials in the Columbia libraries, to identifying and using electronic resources, to getting delivery of materials from peer libraries, to managing your research tools, to where to go for help when it all becomes too much….there’s a lot to absorb.

Would you like an introduction that shows you how to navigate the libraries resources and services?  Come to one of three workshops offered by librarian Karen Green.  Even if Butler Library isn’t your "home base," you will find much to ease the potential stress of your research experience.

Available dates:
Wednesday, September 7th, 10:30-11:45 AM
Monday, September 12th, 1:00-2:15 PM
Wednesday, September 14th, 3:30-4:45 PM

Register here.

Getting Your Bearings

Rare Book & Manuscript Library,  6th floor EastIf you’re a graduate student in history or the humanities, you may wish to attend one of our "Getting Your Bearings" orientations, designed to help you begin using the powerful information tools at your disposal and to point you to some of the most important library services and personnel at Butler Library and elsewhere on campus.  

The sessions begin with a 30 to 40-minute tour of the key Butler Library locations for graduate researchers.  The second half, an orientation to the information system of the Libraries, covers much the same ground as did the session in Schermerhorn on Tuesday, so if you attended that meeting, you may simply want to take the tour.

To attend, just select any one of the times below and come to the reference desk in 301 Butler (one flight up from the lobby) at the start of the session.

Wednesday, August 31    11:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 1    1 p.m.
Friday, September 2         11 a.m.
Tuesday, September 6      10:00 a.m.

Digital Humanities Center, 305 Butler

Welcome Students!

Reference Room

Columbia University Libraries (CUL) welcomes you! We offer a full range of resources and services to support all aspects of study. There are nine subject specialist libarians in Butler who are eager to help you.

 

 

Here’s a quick look at what the Libraries have to offer:

  • CLIO: Search the Library catalog to locate books, e-books, films, music, graphic novels and more.
  • Course Reserves – Items put on reserve by your faculty can be accessed through the link on LibraryWeb, or through CourseWorks, the online course management system.
  • Ask a Librarian: Have a question about research or resources? Librarians can meet with you in person, or discuss your research via email, IM or by phone. After hours, use our FAQ.
  • Study Spaces: There are 22 libraries on campus. Find the one the suits your study needs.
  • Use specialized software applications in our Digital Humanites Center.
  • Get research tips and news on the Butler Library blog
  • Need help?   Come see us at the Butler Reference Desk, 301 Butler, or in the DHC, 305 Butler.